How MagicJack Is Proposing To Make Your Cell Phone Fees Disappear

MagicJack Device At CESYou know the popular company on TV that highly promotes their cheap internet phone gadget – Magicjack – has done it again. They are coming out with a device that allows free phone calls from your cell phones in your home.

Here’s How The New Magic Jack Works

The new magic jack device will piggy-back on radio frequencies that large cell phone carriers have paid billions of dollars for. Essentially, the device is a very small cellular tower for the home. Also called femtocells – routers that allow a users cell phone to connect to them, as opposed to Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection.

Just as the original MagicJack, the device needs a broadband internet connection. Once a compatible cell phone comes within 8 feet, the device would detect it and place a call to it. A short code is entered by the user, the phone is then linked to the device and the MagicJack routes the call over
the internet rather than going through the carrier’s tower.

What Cell Phones Are Compatible With The New Device

Dan Borislow, YMax CEO, states that the device will work with any phone from AT&T and T-Mobile USA,
but most phones from Verizon and Sprint Nextel won’t connect to the device.

Although this is another ingenious idea and product from YMax, what are the legal implications of
this device?

Well, AT&T, T-Mobile and the Federal Communications Commission currently have no comment on the
matter, but they are looking into it.

Borislow mentioned that it is legal because wireless spectrum licenses don’t extend into the
home. Look for the new device to be coming out in the second quarter of 2010 at a $40 price-tag for
one year. If it catches on like MagicJack did, YMax could double their customer base and give the
cell phone companies a run for their cell-phone minutes.

Benchmarks: Learn How Windows 7 Stacks Up Against XP and Vista

windows-7-logoThe rave for Windows 7 has been going for some time and now that Windows 7 has hit the retail
stores, it’s time to see how it stacks up against its predecessors Windows XP and Windows Vista.

We all know that Windows Vista had a less than stellar start out the gate, especially when it came
to its high demands on the hardware. With the release of Windows 7, Microsoft realized they cannot
afford another backlash from the Windows user community, and so they optimized all the major
components of the OS.

In short, everything in Windows 7 is faster.

Briefly I will cover some specific benchmarks between the three Windows Operating Systems. The
benchmark results were done by zdNet and they used a low-end computer and a high-end computer to
determine performance.

Startup & Shutdown Benchmark

When you first startup your computer, the amount of time it takes to come up to the login is a good
indication of the speed you will get from the OS. Same goes for the shutdown.

The results: Windows 7 startup and shutdown timings out performed Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Managing Memory & Cache Usage

Microsoft introduced a new technology with Vista called SuperFetch. This feature preloads frequently-
used applications into memory and speeds up boot times. This feature in Windows 7 differs
significantly from its counterpart Windows Vista.

Windows 7 reveals that even without SuperFetch turned on, it outperforms Windows Vista. This means
making due with less resources, lower cache usage and less time tying up the hard drive. Another
plus for Windows 7.

Application Performance

zdNet ran tests on Windows 7 integrated applications three times to come to an average performance
value and discovered that on the high-end desktop the applications ran twenty percent better and
on the mobile system thirty-five percent better.

This doesn’t meant that in every situation Windows 7 will run thirty-five percent better as that
will depend on the variety of applications that you use.

Conclusion

From the benchmarks, it seems that Microsoft has succeeded in making Windows 7 outperform Windows
Vista and also running faster than Windows XP. Windows 7 should enjoy a much better start out of
the gate than did Windows Vista and looks like to meet the performance requirements of consumers
and business users.

Microsoft On The Hook For $290 Million Due To Patent Infringement

Some will say that Microsoft is the “800 lb Gorilla” when it comes to software companies – and
rightly so. But, does that give them the freedom to steal code to use in one of their most popular
pieces of software – Microsoft Office?

I believe any sane person would think not!

There has been a battle going on between i4i (sounds like an “eye for an eye” doesn’t it, hmmm!)
and Microsoft over some custom XML code used within their Office 2007 software suite – specifically
Word 2007.

Well, i4i took Microsoft to court and unfortunately, for Microsoft, the jury ruled in favor of
the small Canadian company, i41 for a whopping $290 million. i4i stated that they “couldn’t be
more pleased with the ruling”.

Now that Microsoft has lost the patent case, the court has ruled that Microsoft will need to pull
Microsoft Word 2007 from retailer shelves starting January 11, 2010. Microsoft stated that they
are in the process of removing the offending XML code and will have a Word 2007 and Office 2007
version ready by the injunction date. Prior versions of Word will not be affected by the courts
injunction.

How will this affect Office 2010?

Microsoft confirmed that Office 2010 is not affected by the courts ruling and is expected to
launch on time in mid-2010. In Kevin Kutz’s own words “In addition, the beta versions of Microsoft
Word 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010, which are available now for downloading, do not contain the
technology covered by the injunction”.

When it comes down to brass tacks, whether you are a one-man shop, a growing software company or
the big boy on the block – stealing doesn’t pay off!